DESCRIPTION: Intrigued by leading traditional rock climbs but intimidated by knowing how to safely protect climbs?  Do you lead sport routes in the gym or outside and want to open up the doors to more options?  Join one of MAGs professional guides to learn the right and safest way to protect traditional rock climbs and gain the confidence needed to safely go out on your own.

OVERVIEW:  This course is for those who have experience leading sport climbs and want to tap in to the multitude of classic traditional routes and or alpine objectives abound. Topics covered include:

  • Risk assessments and crags hazards
  • Gear placements and removal, protection evaluation (cams, nuts, other)
  • Multi-point/multi-directional anchor construction
  • Fall factors and forces created
  • Technique and lead-climbing strategy
  • Mock leading scenarios
  • Lead belays
  • Equipment selection and use
  • Constructive teaching and review of all gear placement by professional guides.

PREREQUISITES:  Climbers enrolling in our Traditional Rock Course should have a background in lead climbing sport climbs, basic belay skills, and knots.  Contact us about options if you feel you need to gain these skills.  Combine this course with our Multi-Pitch Climbing Course for a solid foundation in traditional climbing skills and techniques.   You can also gain the prerequisite skills in our Leading Sport Course

TIME: 8:00 – 4:00

RATIO: Max 6:1


  • Professional climbing guide
  • Personal Climbing Gear (rock climbing shoes, harness, helmet)
  • Group Gear: Ropes, carabiners, climbing protection, slings, cordelettes, etc.


  • Food, transport, lodging
  • Technical clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Rescue insurance
  • Trip insurance
  • Guide gratuity
  • Unforeseen expenses from circumstances outside of Montana Alpine Guides’ control


Spire Climbing Center, 13 Enterprise Blvd. Bozeman, MT

What our clients say about us

“We had a great time climbing Gallatin Tower in the Gallatin River Valley. Our group ranged in age from 8 to 43. Our guides, Genevieve and Kyle, were able to find routes to accommodate all of us. They really did a fantastic job.”

“Had the best time climbing with Montana Alpine Guides. Sam is a fantastic guide that I would recommend to anyone visiting Montana and the surrounding areas.”

Course Dates

  • July 15, 2023
  • August 12, 2023
  • Custom dates available, Private rates apply


$275/person (group rate)


  • Max 6:1 ratio